For the most part I think Apple does a great job creating solid, simple, dependable apps for the iOS platform.
However, a few times I’ve felt the built-in apps on the iPhone/iPad leave something to be desired.
With the iOS platform boasting a portfolio of over 500,000 apps it’s not surprise that a few 3rd party developers would create competitive alternatives to Apple’s core offering.
Here are a couple that I’ve found and recommend.
1. Mail vs. Sparrow
Based on user interface alone Sparrow wins out in my book, but add in the gestures, optional integration of Facebook profile photo and Gmail features like tagging and it’s no contest. There is also a desktop app available that I use exclusively as my email client.
2. Notes vs Evernote
While the Notes app cutely resembles the familiar legal pad, Evernote is a simple yet powerful tool for capturing content (notes, photo, audio, links, etc), organizing a trip, tracking a to-do list or even drafting blog posts. The best part is it’s free and also can be downloaded as a desktop app or used via the web.
3. iBooks vs. Kindle
Now I know this one is going to ruffle some feathers, but let it be known that I use both iBooks and the Kindle app for reading. I just use them differently. I prefer iBooks for interactive books that I can read with my kids. However, I prefer Kindle for novels and business books because the highlight feature syncs out to the web so that I can access it on the computer to use in a review or a blog post inspired by the book.
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